For the Easter holidays I had planned for lots of arts and other activities. With no school to worry about, we have so much time to create new things without having to rush it because tea will be ready soon, or because homework took much longer than we thought.

This week we had EC and YC’s lovely cousins staying with us, and I had the perfect craft to suit all the ages (they were aged between 2 to almost 7 years). Tape art! I remember doing this in a summer camp that I work at in America, but we used spray paint with the tape. Unfortunately, spray paint is one of the few things that I don’t have in my art cupboard, but I did have a much better substitute, that was more suitable for toddlers.

You will need:

  • Spray bottles
  • Paint*
  • Paper
  • Masking or washi tape (it needs to be one that will easily peel off)

* We used both powdered and poster paint, both worked really well.

We only had 3 spray bottles, so only used the primary colours in them.  The little ones loved watching them all come together and blend into new colours.

Use the tape on the paper to make your design, it can be abstract or you could write your name, YC made a fish picture with hers.

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Then spray the paper with the paint, try not to completely saturate the paper with water, a couple of ours were literally swimming in water by the time they had finished, as it may cause the paper to rip.

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Now it is really important to leave the paint to dry before removing the tape, if you take it off before it has dried the water will run over where the tape has been and ruin the effect.

See how the red and yellow have blended together.

See how the red and yellow have blended together.

Once the tape is removed, you should be left with voids in the paint that create your picture.

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It is a pretty cool art craft that all 5 children really enjoyed doing, especially when they finally got to pull back the tape to reveal their final pieces.

YC's fish scene

YC’s fish scene

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EC said it was a star, but I love the abstract nature of it.

EC said it was a star, but I love the abstract nature of it.

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